When people tell couples "it all goes so fast" and "it'll all seem like a blur," it's because brides and grooms spend inordinate amounts of time hustling from place to place for pictures and rendering themselves half-blind from staring into flashbulbs.
"Even the fastest and most efficient photographer will take a good chunk of time to get all those posed shots of your family and bridal party, not to mention a ton of shots of the two of you," Naylor says. "If you haven't followed the trend of meeting before the ceremony to take all of these photos, you will miss a number of songs at your reception when you're pulled out of the room to get photos taken."
"Planning out that timeline is a big deal," Winnika says. "If you have the luxury of a wedding planner to walk you through it, that's great, but otherwise just be really diligent and line up the day hour by hour."
It's a lot easier when you have someone to help you. Wedding planners and day-of coordinators are helpful, but even delegating a family member, friend or member of the wedding party to keep everyone in line eases some of the burden. In any event, there's no need to have pictures taken after the reception anymore. Photographers prefer getting them over with early, couples generally like having the photographer out of the mix before the end of the night and those spending a lot of time and money to look their best during the big day appreciate it when a camera isn't catching them at their most frazzled.
"One other reason couples are meeting before the ceremony is that the bride's hair and makeup are perfect this early in the day, not windblown during the ceremony, not melted from the sun, not frizzy from humidity," Naylor says. "So meeting in advance provides the opportunity to look better in your photos."